Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Author: Brian Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134825653

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Drawing on developments in critical theory and postmodernist fiction, this study makes an important contribution to the appreciation of playforms in language, texts, and cultural practices. Tracing trajectories in theories of play and game, and with particular attention to the writings of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, and Derrida, the author argues that the concept of play provides perspectives on language and communication processes useful both for analysis of literary texts and also for understanding the interactive nature of constructions of knowledge.

Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction

Postmodernist fiction invites analysis in terms of the impossibility of ending; but, discovering provisionality, we can yet pause, from time to time, to articulate the state of play while mindful that the articulations will be both ...

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Author: Brian Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134825585

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Drawing on developments in critical theory and postmodernist fiction, this study makes an important contribution to the appreciation of playforms in language, texts, and cultural practices. Tracing trajectories in theories of play and game, and with particular attention to the writings of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, and Derrida, the author argues that the concept of play provides perspectives on language and communication processes useful both for analysis of literary texts and also for understanding the interactive nature of constructions of knowledge.

Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature

For more on literary game theory, see the special editions “Games, Play and Literature,” Yale French Studies 41 (1968) ... Literature (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995); Brian Edwards, Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction ...

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Author: Serina Patterson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137497529

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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The first-of-its-kind, Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature explores the depth and breadth of games in medieval literature and culture. Chapters span from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries, and cover England, France, Denmark, Poland, and Spain, re-examining medieval games in diverse social settings such as the church, court, and household.

Children s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships

Playing with Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque. Palgrave Macmillan. ———. ... The Voices Behind the Pictures: Children Responding to Postmodern Picturebooks. ... Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction. Routledge.

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Author: Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030677008

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships: Encounters of the Playful Kind explores ways in which children’s literature becomes the object and catalyst of play that brings younger and older generations closer to one another. Providing examples from diverse cultural and historical contexts, this collection argues that children’s texts promote intergenerational play through the use of literary devices and graphic formats and that they may prompt joint play practices in the real world. The book offers a distinctive contribution to children’s literature scholarship by shifting critical attention away from the difference and conflict between children and adults to the exploration of inter-age interdependencies as equally crucial aspects of human life, presenting a new perspective for all who research and work with children’s culture in times of global aging.

The Legend of Good Women

See his first chapter and bibliography for the multi - disciplinary nature of game theory . 4 B. Edwards , Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction ( New York , 1998 ) , p . 12 5 See E. Bruss , “ The Game of Literature and Some Literary ...

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Author: Carolyn P. Collette

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843840715

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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Essays re-examining the Legend of Good Women, placing it in its cultural and historical context.

Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology

It thus offers some very effective apparatus for tackling texts that play with the logical or physical ... The inherent ontological play at workin postmodernist fiction has meant that pw theory, or at least particular concepts from it, ...

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Author: Alice Bell

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496213075

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

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The notion of possible worlds has played a decisive role in postclassical narratology by awakening interest in the nature of fictionality and in emphasizing the notion of world as a source of aesthetic experience in narrative texts. As a theory concerned with the opposition between the actual world that we belong to and possible worlds created by the imagination, possible worlds theory has made significant contributions to narratology. Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology updates the field of possible worlds theory and postclassical narratology by developing this theoretical framework further and applying it to a range of contemporary literary narratives. This volume systematically outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the possible worlds approach, provides updated methods for analyzing fictional narrative, and profiles those methods via the analysis of a range of different texts, including contemporary fiction, digital fiction, video games, graphic novels, historical narratives, and dramatic texts. Through the variety of its contributions, including those by three originators of the subject area—Lubomír Doležel, Thomas Pavel, and Marie-Laure Ryan—Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology demonstrates the vitality and versatility of one of the most vibrant strands of contemporary narrative theory.

Literary Gaming

As for works spanning national and linguistic boundaries, the postmodern novel has often been described as playfully deconstructive. In his readercentric monograph Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction, Edwards (1998) places the ...

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Author: Astrid Ensslin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262027151

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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A new analytical framework for understanding literary videogames, the literary-ludic spectrum, illustrated by close readings of selected works. In this book, Astrid Ensslin examines literary videogames—hybrid digital artifacts that have elements of both games and literature, combining the ludic and the literary. These works can be considered verbal art in the broadest sense (in that language plays a significant part in their aesthetic appeal); they draw on game mechanics; and they are digital-born, dependent on a digital medium (unlike, for example, conventional books read on e-readers). They employ narrative, dramatic, and poetic techniques in order to explore the affordances and limitations of ludic structures and processes, and they are designed to make players reflect on conventional game characteristics. Ensslin approaches these hybrid works as a new form of experimental literary art that requires novel ways of playing and reading. She proposes a systematic method for analyzing literary-ludic (L-L) texts that takes into account the analytic concerns of both literary stylistics and ludology. After establishing the theoretical underpinnings of her proposal, Ensslin introduces the L-L spectrum as an analytical framework for literary games. Based on the phenomenological distinction between deep and hyper attention, the L-L spectrum charts a work's relative emphases on reading and gameplay. Ensslin applies this analytical toolkit to close readings of selected works, moving from the predominantly literary to the primarily ludic, from online hypermedia fiction to Flash fiction to interactive fiction to poetry games to a highly designed literary “auteur” game. Finally, she considers her innovative analytical methodology in the context of contemporary ludology, media studies, and literary discourse analysis.

Chaucer s Losers Nintendo s Children and Other Forays in Queer Ludonarratology

No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. Duke University Press, 2004. Edwards, Brian. Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction. Garland, 1998. Eig, Jonathan. “A Beautiful Mind(Fuck): Hollywood Structures of Identity.” Jump Cut, vol.

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Author: Tison Pugh

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496217615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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Tison Pugh looks at the intersection of narratology, ludology, and queer studies, providing a range of theoretical interpretive strategies for uncovering the queer potential of gaming texts and textual games while demonstrating the wide applicability of queer ludonarratology throughout the humanities.

Literature and Philosophy

In spite of the close interrelation of philosophy and fiction the circumstances in narrative are of course different , indeed , more complex than those in theory . In the postmodern novel , Schiller's and Huizinga's concepts of play are ...

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Author: Herbert Grabes

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 3823341677

Category: Literature

Page: 418

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The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postmodern Realist Fiction

While postmodern theory has undoubtedly influenced postmodernist fiction writers, many others seem unaware of, ... In this light, it is important to see theory and fiction as generally having very different roles to play in the ecology ...

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Author: T.V. Reed

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350010826

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Postmodern realist fiction uses realism-disrupting literary techniques to make interventions into the real social conditions of our time. It seeks to capture the complex, fragmented nature of contemporary experience while addressing crucial issues like income inequality, immigration, the climate crisis, terrorism, ever-changing technologies, shifting racial, sex and gender roles, and the rise of new forms of authoritarianism. A lucid, comprehensive introduction to the genre as well as to a wide variety of voices, this book discusses more than forty writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, and over several decades, with special attention to 21st-century novels. Writers covered include: Kathy Acker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Julia Alvarez, Sherman Alexie, Gloria Anzaldua, Margaret Atwood, Toni Cade Bambara, A.S. Byatt, Octavia Butler, Angela Carter, Ana Castillo, Don DeLillo, Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Awaeki Emezi, Mohsin Hamid, Jessica Hagedorn, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ursula K. Le Guin, Daisy Johnson, Bharati Mukherjee, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Tommy Orange, Ruth Ozeki, Ishmael Reed, Eden Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, Leslie Marmon Silko, Art Spiegelman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jeannette Winterson, among others.